1.47 ct. Pink Taaffeite - The Gem Trader Rare Gems

1.47 ct. Pink Taaffeite

  • Color: Medium Very Slightly Purplish-Pink

  • Clarity: Eye Clean

  • Origin: Sri Lanka

  • Cut: Oval Mixed

  • Treatments: None

  • Measurements: 7.3 x 5.9 mm

Taaffeite is perhaps the most well known and most recognized of the very rare gem species.  Despite being found in several locales worldwide, there is never more than a trickle of these on the market at any time - and far too few to satisfy demand.  It is among the very few of the great rarities that is completely suited to jewelry use - durable and quite hard.

Two attributes help to set this gem apart from even those few available - the color and fine cutting.  Taaffeites tend to be largely desaturated colors - very muddy browns or purplish grays.  A stone with an attractive medium pink bodycolor, just touched with a purplish modifier, is scarce indeed.  Given the rarity and per carat price of these, 'native' cuts have also long been the norm - saving weight by sacrificing shape and brilliance.  Again, not the case at all here - a fine precision job we simply can't overstate the rarity of such a nicely cut Taaffeite.  Add to this the extremely respectable size and the full GIA cert that accompanies the stone and you have a top quality, jewelry ready rarity that is among the top range for the entire species.

$1650 / carat - $2425 total